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Scientists create a genetic clone of a serial killer in order to help catch the killer, teaming up with two cops.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Replicant / Edward Garrotte
Det. Jake Riley
Brandon James Olson ...
Pam Hyatt ...
Mrs. Riley
Ian Robison ...
Stan Reisman
Allan Gray ...
Snotty Concierge
Jayme Knox ...
Wendy Wyckham
Chris Kelly ...
Margaret Ryan ...
Lillian Carlson ...


Jake Riley is working on the "Torch" case, a psycho serial killer, who kills women with kids and sets them on fire after they are dead. The killer calls Riley sometimes and now, that Riley retires, the killer has no person to play against anymore. The NSA comes into play here and offers a job to Riley. A replicant, or better a clone of the killer should help him find the real one, as kind of test if it works out. Now Riley is back on track, with a clone of the killer at his hand on the way to discover that nobody is born as murderer. Written by Christian Riesen

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He just became his own worst enemy. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 May 2001 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Replikant  »

Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point, James Woods and Jennifer Lopez were supposed to star in this. See more »


The angle of The Torch's gun changes repeatedly between cuts when The Torch is pointing his gun at Jake in the operating room. See more »


Replicant: Calm the fuck down!
The Torch: No more phone calls.
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


Sunset Beach
Written by Michael Long and Ethan Gold
Performed by Winter
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User Reviews

Good action, Good plot, Good story, Good movie
16 December 2001 | by (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA) – See all my reviews

Replicant is a movie where a mask murderer goes on crime sprees killing innocent women. Not only that, this sick murderer (Jean-Claude) actually takes pictures of these sick crimes. That's where Jake comes in (Michael Rooker), Jake is a undercover cop who has been chasing Garrett (the murderer) for 3 years, after one particular night he calls it quits and retires from the force at a early age. After he starts getting on with his life he gets an insulting call from Garrett and is given the opportunity by the CIA to help them bring down the murderer. He accepts and heads down the there headquarters. He finds out that they aren't actually the CIA, their Special Forces Unit and they have a DNA sample of the killer and they will use that to create a Replicant (clone) of the murderer. After many tests they are finally able to put the Replicant out of hibernation and into the real world.

The Replicant is suppose to have the brain capabilities of a 40 year old (the murderers approximate age) and if given enough time, it could remember how exactly the murderer went about the killings, how he escaped, who he is, and where he lives, and that's what they want to get out of him. But the Replicant is like a baby, he needs to learn how to eat sleep, walk, talk, everything. That's where Jake comes in again, Jake is basically suppose to baby sit the Replicant until he can remember the crimes. The Replicant grows to care for and accept Jake, while he doesn't trust anyone else.

During the movie we find out more about the murderer and kind of get an inside scoop of how this murderer lives and why he's doing all these killings. I'm not going to spoil it for you but let me tell you, this guy is a sick puppy, anyone who has watched Van Damme movies in the past will be shocked at the role he's playing now. The Replicant meets up with the murderer a few times and each time the Replicant starts to bond with the murderer, since he can think how the murderer thinks, and given enough time, he could read the murderers mind completely. At first the murderer doesn't know who the Replicant is but then he eventually finds out.

The Replicant is not like many creatures, it copies what people do and say, in one part of the movie where they try to apprehend the Replicant they end up losing, why? Because anything you show him he learns, if you punch him he learns the exact punch you did, if you put him in a head lock he learns that exact head lock, and that's what he used to defeat them. I'm still not going to spoil all the movie but Jake and the Replicant track the murderer down many times, and each time the murderer tricks the Replicant into thinking that their brothers and that Jake is the enemy, The Replicant starts to show his true color by allowing the murderer to escape and apprehending Jake at that. But then the Replicant learns the murderers true colors and turns on the him and that's what allows Jake and The Replicant to defeat this sick murderer.

The movie had a tight budget but it doesn't show it at all. Good special effects, good action, good plot, good story. Good Movie.

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